Thursday, February 4, 1999

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Intel-Analog Double Team

Jumping feet first into the lucrative and fast-growing digital signal processing (DSP) market, Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) is teaming up with Analog Devices (NYSE: ADI) to develop a new DSP core designed to process video, image, voice, and data in communication and computing devices. DSPs convert analog signals, such as sound and images, into digital signals for such uses as modem or cellular phone transmission.

For Intel, the alliance could fill a crucial product gap as it tries to move beyond just making microprocessors for computers. At the same time, the partnership with a company with 21 times its revenues could boost sales for Analog Devices, the third-largest DSP maker behind Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) and Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU). Intel and Analog Devices will immediately combine design engineering teams to form a joint group in Austin, Texas, and the companies expect to complete the first core DSP design in the second half of 2000. The two companies will separately market and sell products based on the design.

In a StockTalk interview with the Motley Fool yesterday, Texas Instruments (TI) CEO Tom Engibous said increased competition is to be expected in the booming DSP market. TI is the clear leader in the DSP market with a 45% market share. Engibous said alliances such as the one between Intel and Analog Devices and the previously announced deal between Lucent and Motorola (NYSE: MOT) won't necessarily yield better products, besides which they won't come to fruition until next year. In the meantime, TI intends to continue to develop and improve its products to maintain and increase its market share. Look for a transcript of the StockTalk interview later today.

News to Go

January Same-Store Sales:

American Eagle Outfitters (Nasdaq: AEOS) -- up 33.5%
Ann Taylor (NYSE: ANN) -- up 13.3%
BJ's Wholesale Club (NYSE: BJ) -- up 4%
Bombay Co. (NYSE: BBA) -- down 11%
CarMax (NYSE: KMX) -- down 1%
Circuit City Stores (NYSE: CC) -- up 8%
Costco Cos. (Nasdaq: COST) -- up 11%
Dollar General (NYSE: DG) -- up 3.2%
Footstar (NYSE: FTS) -- up 13%
Gymboree (Nasdaq: GYMB) -- up 11%
Haverty Furniture (NYSE: HVT) -- up 10.1%
Lowe's Cos. (NYSE: LOW) -- up 6.5%
The Limited (NYSE: LTD) -- up 11%
Paul Harris Stores (Nasdaq: PAUH) -- up 11%
Pier 1 Imports (NSYE: PIR) -- down 5%
Sharper Image (Nasdaq: SHRP) -- down 4%
Sunglass Hut (Nasdaq: RAYS) -- up 11.1%
Talbots (NYSE: TLB) -- down 12.4%
Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) -- up 10.3%

Earnings Announcements:

Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE: CL) -- Q4 EPS: $0.73 vs. $0.63 last year; estimate: $0.72
CompUSA (NYSE: CPU) -- fiscal Q2 EPS: $0.17 vs. $0.36 last year; estimate: $0.16
Maytag (NYSE: MYG) -- Q4 EPS: $0.75 (before charges) vs. $0.54 last year; estimate: $0.71

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